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at the university of miami. in 2008, senator obama beat senator john mccain by 2 to 1 in the margin in the youth vote in this country. it's crucial for the president to get similar numbers this time around if he's going to win the state of florida. of course, to vote they must be registered and voter registration drives have been underway for months. according to statistics from the zx 2.8 million people are registered as independents or with a third party. the numbers are interesting, but it means nothing if there's no emotional component that will motivate them to do it. this is why the debates are so important in today's information culture. there must be a real emotional appeal by president obama if he's to succeed in getting these voters out to the polls. the best registration drive imaginable will not do a thing if there isn't this gut feeling that these young folks must get out and vote because they can make a difference. let's turn to annette taddeo, member of the democratic party and one of the leaders in this portion of florida. the youth vote, i don't want to oversell it, but everywhe
to see george alan winning the senate race. there are not that many president obama/george alan voter fopz fvote vot voters. remember we're talking about 50, 70, 110,000 votes, maybe that can make the difference in some of the places. so i think people will make a decision between you know, tim kaine and george alan but who turns out, who votes, what the composition electorate look like? it can matter the margins and the margins may be where the raise decided. one quick thing to chuck's point about people who have already voted versus people who are expected to vote for romney in the ohio poll. look, chuck and i agree on this, any political operative will tell you, we much rather have the vote already cast than well we're going to vote for you. it's the difference between somebody writing you a check and somebody saying, i'll write you a check in 26 days. i get the whole -- >> or the check's in the mail. >> i get the romney argument and they're probably right for all of the reasons chuck talked about in terps of the demographic of the supporters in ohio but they have to be concerned a
of aleve in liquid gels. >>> can i call you joe? >> you can call me joe. >> barack obama and senator o'biden, you have said nothing -- >> can i call you joe or is it senator o'biden. four years ago all the praesh pressure was on sarah palin. what a diffence four years could make. when he steps onto the stage tonight, the vice president could be carrying the fate of the entire campaign in his hands. and all of the pressure will be on him. we're joined by perry bay caan and michael sharer of "time." the new issue appears on newsstands tomorrow. perry, paul ryan and the republicans have been vigilant about managing expectations for his performance tonight. let's take a listen. >> this is his first time. joe biden has been doing this since the 1800s. he will do a solid job. >> joe biden has been on this stage many times before. it's my first time, so, sure, it's a nervous situation. >> now, i know it will come as a shock to you, perry, when i tell you that the information we just heard from messrs. probus and ryan is categorically untrue. he's debated eight times in his career as an electe
-up. >> barack obama and senator o'biden, you've said no to everything -- >> of course, the palin-biden matchup was not the first time a relative rookie faced off against a more seasoned opponent. in 2004, it was vice president dick cheney up against senator john edwards. with one rehearsed line highlighted edwards' inexperienced and his poor senate attendance record. >> i'm up in the senate most tuesdays when they're in session. the first time i ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight. >> but the prize for the best zinger aimed at a whipper snapper undoubtedly goes to the late senator lloyd benson. in his 1988 debate against a youthful dan quayle, benson delivered one of the most famous lines in any debate history. >> senator, i served with jack kennedy. i knew jack kennedy. jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> it can be a tough line for a washington veteran to walk, touting experience without talking down to an opponent. something that george h.w. bush failed at during his 1984 debate with geraldine ferraro. >> let me help you with the differenc
things are better in this country. that's good news. i was here in the senate when president obama took over. we were in an unbelievable deep hole and i think things are beginning to improve. we have put some millions of new jobs out there in the last couple of years, three years so, you know, i think that's what's dispositive when people go to the election -- when they go to the polling booth i think they ask the question, are things better? yes, they are. slowly but surely. >> terrific conversation, gentlemen. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thanks. >>> also news this morning, gas prices in california record highs today. third day in a row. overnight the average up a penny to $4.67 a gallon and the governor brown ordered regulators to allow winter blend gasoline sold earlier to increase the supply and lower prices by an estimated 15 to 20 cents a gallon. >>> the number of people infected with a rare form of fun gal meningitis is going up. the cdc says 91 confirmed in 9 states. seven people died. the massachusetts pharmacy that makes the steroid linked to the outbreak issued a reca
that senator obama really wondered if he could continue in politics. >> so intriguing. we have a sneak peek, a new documentary on the president and mitt romney. it airs tomorrow night, but we'll give you a peek today. >>> check out the tumblr page. you'll find pictures at newsnation d newsnatio newsnation.tumblr.com. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. progresso. in what world do potatoes, bacon and cheese add up to 100 calories? your world. ♪ [ whispers ] real bacon... creamy cheese... 100 calories... [ chef ] ma'am [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. [ male announcer ] you start your day... love you, too. ...thinking about what's important to you -- your family... ...the mortgage... the kids' college tuition. [ cellphone ringing ] but life insurance? [ horn honking ] life is unpredictable. that's why at fidelity life we want you to think about term life insurance -- taking care of your family's future expenses
feed a state senator who was under scandal, who saw barack obama win the u.s. senate race because his main opponent took his wife to strip clubs who won the presidency after eight years of george w. bush. i don't think he's had his back against the wall. i love it. it's fascinating to see the character of this man and see how he responds. >> well, you know, you can't show up to the next debate if you're the president of the united states clearly accompanied by a level of disdain that was so apparent visually. what am i doing here with this guy? he had absolutely no respect for mitt romney. you know, you hear that over and over again internally, but he showed it visually. he showed it when he was on stage with governor romney the other night. he cannot show up like that again. >> it was also a strategy, though. he was playing four corners offense. he felt like he had a lead and took the air out of the ball. he can't afford to do that. there's still four weeks left. he'll be a totally different guy in the next debate. >> i don't think so. i think he arises to the occasion and it will be
with the president. with a good sunday to you, my friend. let's talk about the preps under way in the obama camp and how does it contrast with normforme governor romney's. >> good afternoon to you, alex. this is a town hall debate, so both are tailoring to that. mitt romney is sparring with ohio senator rob partman. i'm told he's already engaged in several telephone town halls. he's had several time to prep leading up to today. those who know mitt romney say this really plays to his strength. romney's challenge is going to be match the performance he delivered in the first debate. and that gets us to president obama. he has to sharpen his performance after the first debate that many described as lack laster. the aides say they're going to adjust his strategy. they're here working on that. they will only say that president obama is again spars with senator john kerry and reading through a lot of materials to get ready for the debate. reporters who are at president obama's hotel where he's prep e preparing right now have already seen a number of advisers walking around with thick binders. so clea
experience than senator obama did. he was on the foreign relations committee. >> norah, i voted to send men and women to war. i've been to iraq and afghanistan. i've met with our troops to get perspectives. i've been to the funerals, i've talked to the widows, talked to the wives, the moms and the dads. that's something. that matters. >> yeah. the sitting vice president shouldn't have much problem landing a blow on a claim like that. though perhaps rather than boxing, it's more accurate to think of thursday night as tag team wrestling with each candidate making the power move that their partner missed. of course, ultimately a vice presidential candidate's relationship to his running mate is more like hulk hogan's bandana or sledgehammer, fleshy accessory. they will be in the ring on thursday and they'll both have opponent's partner firmly in their sights. with me at the table is steve kornacki, the host of the cycle and senior writer for salon.com. sigh yu is the founding director of new american leaders project. a national organization for specifically focused on preparing first and second
obama care because it was a partisan path. >> chuck, why hasn't the senate passed a budget in over three years? they can pass it. it only needs 51 votes. there are 53 senators. because they refuse to be accountable for the plan. no. the gridlock really is in harry reids senate. the senate has to pass a budget. then you present that to the president for his approval. but his last two budgets have been so unserious, they've been voted now three times in congress. not a party's own member will vote. >> where are people in afghanistan on the war? i want to take a step back from what you heard last night. is there fatigue out there? >> listen, we are all war weary. we mourn the loss of every son and daughter of this country and mitt romney is dedicated also to, you know, withdrawing by 2014 but wants to do it actually listening to the military as posed to what president obama has been doing is making decisions for political reasons. >> in the military, don't you think they will keep them longer? >> i don't think the military will want to keep them longer. what the military wants is enough for
obama. >> both candidates, though, in ohio today. ohio state senator nina turner, thank you for your time. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> absolutely. >>> we're following breaking news out of bellefonte, pennsylvania, sentencing day for jerry sandusky. and as the judge put it he'll be spending the rest of his life behind bars. i'll talk with an attorney who represents certain victims. >>> plus, vice president biden and debate prep against paul ryan. how they're prepping for the big face-off come thursday. and what is your advice for the vice president and congressman ryan ahead of the thursday debate? tweet me your comments or video pointers @thomasaroberts or on facebook. i know what you're thinking. it's a hot white number, but what a hassle to care for! all that pre-treating and chlorine bleach. and don't even think about working up a sweat in the club! ♪ i use tide vivid detergent and boost. they keep my whites looking like new, wash after wash. tell me... yes. ...do you sell a matching jegging? that's my tide, and that's how i break the rules of white. [ female announcer ] t
. he resisted stronger sanctions. in fact, when senator mendez and senator kirk suggested tougher sanctions, obama opposed them. it was only after congress forced him to that he went forward and he's allowed the u.n. security council, russia and china to determine our policy. all these are acts of weaknesses as opposed to making clear and we haven't worked closely with our allies as evidence by the recent u.n. meeting when the president had time for whoopi goldberg but couldn't meet with netanyahu. >> one of the criticisms, this appears to be management of the arab spring. that is a big part. does governor romney think it was a mistake to push mubarak out? >> what he has said is that we have forces that are of extre extremism and forces of moderation an we should be aligned and help those forces. a difference in egypt is one that's on the table today. governor romney says we should have conditions. we shouldn't write off a billion dollar debt. >> but going back to mubarak. was that a mistake? does governor romney believe that's a mistake? >> how it was handled was a mistake. >> pu
to pick up four senate seats. that's assuming president obama wins re-election. three if president obama ends up losing. and that massachusetts case is key because it jumps those three and four numbers to four and five makes it harder for republicans to take control. >> the poll numbers have been tightening. also here, mark, another post watched senate race in the u.s. right now, that's missouri's claire mccaskill against todd akin featuring rape victims. let's take a look at a clip. >> i'm a and a pro-life mother and rape survival. in the hospital, i was offered emergency contraception because of my personal beliefs, i declined. here's what else i believe. no woman should be denied that choice. what todd akin said is offensive. i've never voted for claire mccaskill, but because of todd akin, i will now. >> so how does akin answer to that? >> it's very hard. the good news for todd akin is that missouri is a purchase leaning state, it has been for the last few years. and so if he gets all the republicans to be able to vote for him, he could end up winning. the problem is that controversia
've ever seen him. one person who was close to him said he got the sense that senator obama really wondered if he would be able to continue in politics. >> that was the clip from front lines, the choice 2012, which premiers tomorrow night on pbs and here with us now, the producer, whose team spent the last year interviewing some 100 friends, family and other experts on the candidates. >> it looks like a great, great documently. i would love to see it, but for the fact it's on pbs, looks like it will be defunded. >> not if big bird has his way. >> that is so fascinating, the part of the obama story we don't hear a lot about. like bill clinton's 1980 lost. like george w. bush's 1978 loss. that's where they lose. >> romney got annihilateded by ted kennedy. just devastated. it is an eye opener to watch him in his very first debate get completely slaughtered. it was amazing and everybody in our film says that was the moment. where he said wait a minute, i better grow up. >> so, he responded one way. president obama responded another? >> well, obama had a different problem, too, which is that mic
in their senate races. republicans expected all of these women to lose. instead, they are out campaigning their opponents and boosting support for president oba obama. let's start with democrat tammy baldwin and the medicare debate. baldwin is three points ahead of former governor tommy thompson of wisconsin tp. here is the main reason. in may thompson was promising to do away with medicaid medicare. he is trying to clarify comments. it not working. this shows her taking care of her great grandparents. she promises to leave it alone. so baldwin is proving to be a tougher candidate than the republicans bargained for in the badger state. but there is another surprise for the gop. elizabeth warren is ahead of republican favorite scott brown in massachusetts. warren uses romney's 47% comment to go after brown on tax fairness. brown responds by attacking warren's native american heritage. his staffers were even caught on tape making racist gesturees. brown thinks he can win the elect on this issue. but it's not working. warren is ahead by piff points. her fellow democrat in missouri is doing e
on the obama administration after a tense house hearing thursday. the senate will now begin their own investigation into the attack. joining me now is the former state department officer and former deputy director of the national security network. joel, glad to have you here. vice president biden criticized for saying he did not know u.s. officials in benghazi had even asked for more support. today, delaware attorney general beau biden coming to his father's defense. >> he was speaking for himself and the president, as you heard jay carney tell you in the briefing room the other day. >> do you think the average voters understands the difference between the state department knowing about those requests and the white house knowing? >> i think the average voter will understand this as this is communicated publicly, and it needs to be communicated. what can't happen is that there becomes a sense that this went to the president's desk. the president does not approve every request for funding for security at our consulates and our embassies overseas. certainly, the administration has been h
to begin in about an hour. the event taking place at a restaurant actually owned by ohio senator rob portman's family. just wrapped up in portsmouth where he talked about the presidential debate. he also hammered the obama campaign for continuing the use of "sesame street" references. >> in times like this, what is he talking about? saving big bird. when i'm president, i'm going to help save the american family and get good jobs for every american. . >> nbc's peter alexander is on the bus with the romney campaign, traveling to that 5:45 event. he is live on the phone with us. pete, this second rally of the day in ohio, i imagine we are probably going to hear a great deal of what we heard at the first, no doubt. >> craig, you're exactly right. the religious trying to hammer home these messages. as you heard in that rally a little earlier today with about 3500 fans, reporters in attendances, a series of attacks lines against china, accusing the president of basically failing to label china a currency manipulator for political purposes. these are big issues here in the state of ohio, wh
to that. it needs to be a -- remember that when president obama became president he did have a democratic house and senate, perhaps not the 60 votes but he had, you know, the votes necessary to control things in the congress of the united states. he had some problems there as well. i mean, if i were to be critical of the president and maybe not be my place to do so, but if i were, it would be along those lines. i don't think that he has done a particularly good job of communicating with either party. i was there on the floor of the house when they were doing the obama care legislation and there was a lot of grumbling. i'm not talking about just those democrats that voted against it. there was a lot of grumbling from the other democrats that the white house had not been very flexible in terms of working things out with them. i can tell you as a moderate republican that i was at the white house and we had a session with rahm emanuel and the president told us he should communicate with us on these issues, particularly health care, and that never really happened either. i think that's a bit o
, as sesame workshop and senator john mccain cried foul over the obama campaign's new bird ad. >> elmo is -- has been seen in a white suburban he's driving for the border. oscar is hide out in his trash can. we're cracking down on them. governor romney's plan is to let wall street run wild again but he's going to bring the hammer down on sesame street. >> one thing that president obama can't run on is his record, and so big bird, i guess, is a fun thing to talk about. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama and mitt romney are heading back to ohio today in a very different situation than the last time they campaigned in the battleground state. the new pew poll know shows governor romney ahead among likely voters. it's the latest dose of reality for the obama camp in a race that is evolving with only weeks left until election day. joining me for our daily fix, chris cizilla, msnbc contributor and managing editor o of postpolitics.com and mark halperin for "time" and msnbc. joining us from chicago. chris cizilla, first of all to you, the new polls certainly h
they want. if you're going to, it will include a tax component on the wealthy. >> if obama campaigns on that and wins and if democrats hold the senate and make gains in the house, that could ratchet up pressure on republicans to make some kind of deal. otherwise, you have the other thing. it's a myth that nothing is going to happen in the lame duck, because if they take democrat off and congress doesn't show up, a lot will happen. december 31st, the expiration of the bush tax cuts. they go away if nothing happens. something ahas to happen. >> i find it extremely rich to hear john boehner talking about we can't do anything because for almost four years the gop strategy of obstruction has been to keep anything from happening. anything that obama wants, anything he's interested in, we must stop that and keep it from happening with the express purpose of destroying faith in government and that people even like what government is doing until the single-digit approval numbers for all of congress so they will support the anti-government party and perpetuating the pain that americans feel in
for you. call now. ♪ >>> welcome back. mitt romney spent most of the week in ohio and president obama campaigned there on tuesday. before leaving for north carolina, he says mitt romney is getting in another debate prep with senator rob fortman. ted strickland. governor, it's a pleasure having you on here. >> it's great to be here. >> our new polls show romney gaining. president obama is leading. six point lead versus an eight point lead after the debate. you see the numbers, 51/45. >> yes, but i'll take it. 51, that's over 50%. if you get over 50%, you're going to win. so i'll take 51/45 any time. >> so you're predicting a win in ohio for president obama? >> ohio's going to be strong for the president. i think other battleground states are going to be strong as well. >> particularly in ohio, no other republican candidate has won the white house without the state. it was just last week where they were trying to come up with a strategy for winning the white house without ohio. they've hunkered down and added more staff. it seems to be an interesting argument at this point or what argum
-a-sketch in wednesday's debate last week, when is president obama going to stop talking about big bird and go after the guy himself? that's the candidate. >>> also, the war in the west. senate race in north dakota, montana, nevada, and arizona, believe it or not arizona, now tossups. the democrat making a surprising run. richard carmona here on hardball. he's a vietnam vet and quite a candidate. >>> jon stewart takes on the new phrase you have heard of the truthers, the birthers, now we have the jobbers, those right leaning conservatives conspiracy theorists who say the unemployment numbers were cooked in obama's headquarters. >> i got to say if you're cooking the books, 7.8% unemployment is [ bleep ] recipe. it's like the radish stew of jobless numbers. >> you can cut them a little lower. >>> let me finish with the real differences between these candidates, and they're a lot bigger than big bird. this is "hardball," the place for politics. ♪ i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to w
at some of the senate races, particularly in democratic leaning states like massachusetts and connecticut. president obama being on the ballot will significantly help elizabeth warren and congressman murphy there. when you look at the house, though, the democrats would need to win 25 seats in order to regain it. that number i would actually equate to about 35 due to redistricting and different types of retirement and that number is very difficult. the one way in which you would have seen any movement there is perhaps this was a wave election but all the data indicates it's not, more of a turn out the base, fight over independent election like you saw in 2004. even had mitt romney -- one scenario i've talked about with republicans today, had mitt romney not done well at the debate last week and folks had seen the writing on the wall that perhaps this candidacy was doomed they would have done a bob dole 1996 strategy and doubled down on races in the house and senate and put resources there. romney on the uptick they won't do that. they think there's going to be a lot of enthusiasm for their
issa, one of the obama administration's toughest critics. the last week before the vice presidential debate. >>> plus capital control, the future of the senate could come down to just a handful of races, but, boy, are they different from state to state. today an exclusive, but the two guys driving their party's paths to power. good morning from washington, it's wednesday, october 1010/10/2012. >> last night senior state department officials gave their fullest account yet on the athat killed ambassador chris stevens. the most important take away, there were no protests in front of the consulate before the attacks ever. directly contradicting the story given by susan rice three weeks ago. here's the timeline as we know it from the state department. at 8:30 p.m. local, the streets are calm as ambassador stevens says good night to a viz siing turkish diplomat. answer agent sees a large number of men flowing into the compound and immediately puts out on alarm. a security act hustles the ambassador and others to a bunker inside the residence. the attackers then spray diesel newly igniting
a classic et asketch last week. when is president obama going to stop talking about big bird and go after the big stuff and the other guy? >>> also the war in the west, senate races in north dakota, montana, nevada and arizona, they're all toss-ups. tonight a democrat making a, richard carmona is here. >>> and jon stewart takes on the jobbers, the right-leaning conspiracy theorists who say the unemployment numbers were sent in from obama headquarters in chicago. >> it's a [ bleep ] recipe. it's like the radish stew of jobless numbers. >>> finally let me finish with the real differences between these two candidates. this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do. nah. [ dennis' voice ] i bet he's got an allstate agent. they can save you up to 30% more by bundling your po
what happens. thank you. >> okay. thanks. >>> more evidence today that president obama's underwhelming performance may have an affect on candidates down ballot. recent poll out of massachusetts after the debate shows senator brown ahead of challenger warren. that's almost a complete reversal of the numbers a week before the debate. the same poll had warren leading brown 46-44. tonight, the two senate candidates face each other. this is a third debate they have gone at it. reporter noah bearman joins me. we have seen the race go up and down. one of the most watched. you have thousands of people show up for their last debate. how do we know with any certainty that this is a down ballot impact that scott brown is seeing and maybe not the result of the debate they had? >> we don't know for sure and we don't know for sure whether the polls are temporary or signify a larger trend. she's been up in polls before this one. occasionally she's been down and come back up again. >> yeah. >> but the thing that's sort of interesting about this one is that this is hardly going to be a swing state in t
for president obama and steve beshear is the i will plus illustrious governor of the state of kentucky. how can you get elected in this state and mitch mcconnell is your senator. >> kentucky is a bits schizophrenic. we voted for carter and then voted for reagan and then voted for clinton then we voted for bush. we go back and forth on the national scene. >> what are you going to do this time? >> stephanie, thanks for joining us. stephanie cutter has been out there all the time. give me a sense, if you can, of the feeling of inside chicago, inside the headquarters. >> well, you know, chris, it's the same as it has been for months. we have always said and always believed that this is going to be a very close race all the way up until election day. the president wasn't happy with his debate performance. he is looking forward to the next debate to, you know, take romney on, clear up some of those facts that romney wasn't so clear on, and, you know, we're working hard. >> what do you think about -- governor, what do you think about romney's performance last week? i thought it was different than ever
on the world stage, senator? >> yes. >> thank you, senator biden. >> joining us now is the deputy campaign manager for the obama/biden campaign, stephanie cutter. stephanie cutter, thank you very much for being with us tonight. i appreciate your time. >> good talking to you. >> so we have been talking on this stage and everybody in the country has been talking about the impact of the last debate. common wisdom is that the first presidential debate was essentially a game changer. and that the democrats, your side, really needs a change in the momentum tonight. do you agree with that common wisdom, and do you think there's a sizable shift in the way the race is being viewed? >> no, i don't agree with it. i think that there's no evidence that bears that out. you know, this is a close race. it's going to continue to be close. we're comfortable with where we are in the battleground states. we haven't seen any significant shift. now, that all being said, the president wasn't happy with his performance last week and he's made that clear. we're very much looking forward to tonight for joe biden an
if you look at where the polls are, the house is projected to stay republican. and the senate is projected to stay democrat. and it looks like president obama has got an edge in the polls. so we're going to probably have a re-hash of the status quo, and i don't see how anything will get solved, actually. >> deep sigh, thank you so much, johnathan strong of "roll call". >>> and president obama is showed with an overwhelming lead with the latino voters, in fact, 78% say they would vote for him if it was held today. the state only has six electoral votes, but 76% of people identifying as latino, it could be a window into the november results. joining me is john ralston, host of "ralston reports." so that is a big number, what do you think of president obama's support among the latino voters. >> well, i think there are a couple of things going on, the exit polls in nevada showed that barack obama won, but i think mitt romney got himself in trouble with the latino community with the positions he took running to the right in that primary. and now, that is hurting him here in nevada.
to be watched for years and years. thank you very much, richard carmona running for the united states senate in arizona. up next, a new pbs documentary on this race, the 2012 presidential race, explores how mitt romney's mormon faith shapes him as a politician and his ambitions and how romney and obama came back from bruising losses early in their political careers and that's ahead. this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ male announcer ] if you had a dollar for every dollar car insurance companies say they'll save you by switching, you'd have like, a ton of dollars. but how are they saving you those dollars? a lot of companies might answer "um" or, "no comment." then there's esurance. born online, raised by technology, and majors in efficiency. so whatever they save, you save. hassle, time, paperwork, hair-tearing-out, and yes, especially dollars. esurance. insurance for the modern world. click or call. >>> we've got another couple polls for new states not thought of as battlegrounds, but they're close. in pennsylvania the president is up by just three points over romney, 43%, 40%. in
. the latest real clear politics poll shows the obama lead narrowing in iowa and and pulling ahead in colorado. guest spot today, a man that knows about swing states and especially the centennial state, that's democratic senator mark udall of colorado. welcome to the show. i guess i want to start -- we're hearing, you know, pushback i think of liberals and supporters saying everybody calm down on the democratic side. not time to panic yet. let's see how it sorts out. at the same time we have all year first time an average of all polls showing mitt romney in the lead in this race. i'm wondering as a democrat and obama supporter how real is the possibility right now that mitt romney can win this election? >> steve, thanks for having me on. we ought to all take a deep breath. campaigns have twists and turns. last week was a challenging week for the president and the campaign but there's 27 days left to go. the president has the right, forward-looking agenda. coming to colorado, people here care about issues and clear contrasts of governor romney and president obama. we have a diverse state coming
on the campaign trail. that's good news for the democrats. he's stumping for indiana senate candidate joe donnelly, a notre dame guy. and he brought up last night's debate and said he felt sorry that paul ryan has to defend mitt romney's charge that president obama's $716 billion of medicare savings is a cut. actually it's the same savings that ryan has in his own exact plan. >> now, aarp endorsed it, do you really think they'd be out in the business of wrecking medicare? do you think all the old geezers like me would still pay their aarp dues if they thought the aarp was wrecking medicare? i mean, come on, give me a break here. but he's got to stand up there with a straight face and say all that stuff. >> some geezer. nobody breaks it down better than big bill. we'll be right back. who has 11 major brands to choose from? your ford dealer. who's offering a rebate? your ford dealer. who has the low price tire guarantee... affording peace of mind to anyone who might be in the market for a new set of tires? your ford dealer. i'm beginning to sense a pattern. buy four select tires, get a $60 rebate. u
was medicare. >> why? >> because joe biden did what president obama should have done which was to look into the camera and look at me, i'm a democrat. all right? i've been in the senate for years. we're the democratic party. we believe in medicare. we believe in social insurance. do you trust me or do you trust this 40-something-kid who comes from the world of conservative think tanks scheming to get rid of the program since its beginning and inception? who do you trust? that was just the simple question. he said, look at the reputational capital that has been built up over time in those two parties over what we are going to do. and trust yourself on who is going to vouch save medicare. >> on the issue of afghanistan, it was clear paul ryan is arguing a position, passionately, that's unpopular. i mean -- >> what is the position? >> there's no -- well, he got lost in the answers on afghanistan. i don't disagree with that at all. the point is the position the vice president was arguing which is we want to have afghan forces doing that, we want less american forces doing it, that is a pos
for the democrats. he's stumping for indiana senate candidate joe donnelly, a notre dame guy. and he brought up last night's debate and said he felt sorry that paul ryan has to defend mitt romney's charge that president obama's $716 billion of medicare savings is a cut. actually it's the same savings that ryan has in his own exact plan. >> now, aarp endorsed it, do you really think they'd be out in the business of wrecking medicare? do you think all the old geezers like me would still pay their aarp dues if they thought thea arp was wrecking medicare? i mean, come on, give me a break here. but he's got to stand up there with a straight face and say all that stuff. >> some geezer. nobody breaks it down better than big bill. we'll be right back. common. they have teachers... ...with a deeper knowledge of their subjects. as a result, their students achieve at a higher level. let's develop more stars in education. let's invest in our teachers... ...so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. >>> welcome back to "hardball." whether you loved it or not or hated it, joe biden's performance dominate
for the president's re-election team. and both president obama and mitt romney know the path to the white house leads straight through ohio. both men stumping there today, the last day for ohio voters to register for this very election. ohio state senator nina turner is going to join me live on set. that and more coming up. humans -- sometimes life trips us up. and sometimes, we trip ourselves up, but that's okay. at liberty mutual insurance we can "untrip" you as you go through your life with personalized policies and discounts when you need them most. just call... and speak with a licensed representative about saving on your policy when you get married, move into a new house... [crash!] or add a car to your policy. don't forget to ask about saving up to 10% when you combine your auto and home insurance with liberty mutual. security, coverage, and savings. all the things humans need to make our beautifully imperfect world a little less imperfect. call... and lock in your rate for 12 months. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? c'mon, michael! get in the game! [ male an
down and that does help republicans down the ballot, it means they will pick up senate seats, and they're not going to lose as many house seats as maybe they worried about predebate. >> giving the obama campaign or the inability to let the debate go in terms of the dialogue, what do you hear about the cold hand of fear grabbing chicago? >> well, it is. and it's funny, look, whenever there's a bad moment in a campaign, then suddenly fingers begin pointing, so then there is what's going on with debate prep, how come that didn't go well, that's just naturally someone that was part of it not wanting to take full blame. so there it's a little bit of that. i think you're going to see internally that nothing's changed. but i'm hearing chatter that maybe some people from the last debate are going to at least get involved in the debate prep process. he will bring in some of these sharpest communicators to do that. >> and of course as i said to my friends in the obama administration, every administration as many seasons, every campaign has many seasons, last week, a lot of people were saying thi
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